“American Hustle” is a comedy-drama film directed by David Russell. Its cast members include Christian Bale (Irving Rosenfeld), Amy Adams (Sydney Prosser), Jennifer Lawrence (Rosalyn Rosenfeld), Bradley Cooper (Richie DiMaso) and Jeremy Renner (Carmine Polito). Read on for the “American Hustle” movie review and a brief synopsis of the film.
“American Hustle” Film Synopsis:
The film is set in the 70s. That explains the disc balls, sparkling dress and bling, and the afro hair. It all started when Irving Rosenfeld met Sydney Prosser. Sydney helped improve Irving’s illegal dealings by posing as an English affluent named Edith Greensly. From being business partners, their relationship developed into something more. However, Irving is married to Rosalyn and they have a son named Danny. Though their marriage has been dysfunctional, Rosalyn refuses to divorce Irving.
Richie DiMaso, an FBI agent, uncovered Sydney and Irving’s dealings. He promised them freedom if they would help him expose the corrupt officials in New Jersey through Carmine Polito. Polito is the mayor of the city and is well loved by his people.
As the story progresses, Irving, Sydney and DiMaso find themselves trapped in a world of mafia and corrupt public servants.
“American Hustle” Movie Review:
Although the film was shown last Dec. 20, 2013, tinseltown has still been talking about it because it has garnered several Oscar 2014 nominations: Christian Bale for Best Actor, Amy Adams for Best Actress, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for supporting roles, David Russell for Best Director and the movie itself for Best Picture.
The movie is a certified “fresh” as it has received 93% of positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes.
“American Hustle is a movie built on that cornerstone of the American Dream, reinvention. If you’re not happy with who you are, or who people think you are, then go ahead and become somebody else. Anything to survive – and thrive,” said Steven Rea of Philadelphia Inquirer.
Simon Weaving of Screenwize praised the movie’s characters, plot and soundtrack.
Steve Persall of Tampa Bay Times explained why this movie is a must-see.
“To understand the breadth of disco-era deception laid out in American Hustle, understand that the most honest character in the movie is a politician. Not entirely honorable but compared with the swindle sharks circling, he’s Jimmy Carter on Sundays,” said Persall in Tampa Bay Times.
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